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Frequently Asked Questions about Working for CLIMB Theatre
As a PerfCo Actor, you will join one of two ensembles of three actors each. Each ensemble has a repertory of 1-7 plays that are performed in the cafeterias, auditoriums, and gymnasiums of K-12 schools. In addition to performing, PerfCo Actors help to load in, set up and load out sets, props and costumes. Each Actor also takes on additional job responsibilities such as arranging hotels for overnight stays, driving her/his ensemble’s truck, and coordinating media visits. Two of our performing ensembles are hybrid companies. They perform one play and also conduct that play’s essential follow-up classes.
CLIMB’s Teaching Company is composed of several pairs of Actors who conduct interactive theatre classes in K-12 classrooms. Classes cover topics such as bullying, respect, environmental responsibility, communication across differences, and self-control. In addition to being an actor, the Actor-Educator is also a facilitator who has participated in CLIMB’s 2-3 week paid training program. Participants receive training on everything from questioning techniques and classroom management to characterization and improvisation.
And how! PerfCo and TeachCo members can expect to tour out of town, overnight, for up to 75% of their contracts…as a result, we don’t recommend holding other jobs or auditioning for other plays.
Yes. If you are an undergraduate interested in building skill as an interactive performer for young people and building your professional resume before graduation, you can join us for a semester-long internship from August to December or January to May. These internships are in the Teaching Company only. Email lauren [at] climb [dot] org for more information.
We provide hotel/motel lodging, two same-sex persons to a room. We also pay a per diem to help to cover meal expenses.
Great! The Twin Cities have more theatre, per capita, than any other major metropolitan area in the country. Add to that a vibrant arts community, several major museums, and extremely affordable living, and you have a terrific place to make your home, temporarily or permanently! According to the American Public Health Association, Minnesota is also the healthiest state in the country…so working for CLIMB is even good for your health!
If you are a Teaching Company Team Member, you will be offered reduced-rent housing in a CLIMB owned, furnished triplex located 10 minutes from our theatre/office building. In the event that the “CLIMB House” isn’t fully occupied by Team Members, remaining space is made available to other employees.